Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Medicine" and "October"

Rating out of 10

The Young Hearts – Honestly, I’m Just Thinking

Release Date: 29th September 2017
iTunes: http://apple.co/2x961Ul

Freshers week is mental at the best of times, but it is especially so when you are a grumpy old man who has decided to become a ‘mature’ student. There are too many people here that don’t bare the jaded pessimism that the rest of the world has had forced upon them. In some ways I am happy for them, in others I am very aware that there are too many unicorns and mythical beasts around me. I may have to have words with some of these people, they need to be made aware of the fact that a cape is not a substitute for a personality.

As for the spectacle itself, it has been greatly enhanced by the new EP from The Young Hearts playing in my oversized headphones as I try to navigate my way around, keeping a safe distance from the merriment at all times. It has even managed to bring a smile to my face in spite of myself on more than one occasion.

The 4 track EP starts out with ‘Bloom‘; a track that seems designed to be played on a warm September afternoon, when day drinking, first time meet ups, hook ups and random localised activities are the order of the day. The pace and tone of the track is uplifting and enjoyable and seems to capture the excitement that is surrounding my current bubble. I am aware that I may be projecting here, but isn’t that the point of music in the first place?

Medicine‘ is a more reflective track; the lyrics are more melancholic but the music backing it up carries on with the same uplifting tone. The echoing backing vocals add an extra dimension to an already vocal focused production. The lyrics are both heart felt and catchy in a way that guarantees you will find yourself singing (or shouting) along quickly, whether you like it or not.

Smoke keeps the tempo up but is more reminiscent of the likes of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco in the tone and attack of the chorus. The energy of the track will carry you along, though the track itself isn’t as memorable or catchy as those that preceded it. There is also less of the believability in the delivery of the lyrics than we saw before.

October‘ slows the tempo of the EP right down and is a fitting ending in that regard. The more musically creative track on the album marks a return to the more personal delivery of the lyrics themselves, as well as the echoing back up. This is the first time on the album that the rest of the band really show off some skill in the delivery and creation of the atmosphere as a track. Combined with great lyrics, this is easily my highlight of the EP.

Overall, the EP is a great showcase of what this band is capable of and there are a number of different styles of delivery that are shown. The most notable for me were ‘Medicine and ‘October‘,  but then I was in a rather mellow melancholy mood at the time. This is definitely a release that deserves more than one listen.

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